Yesterday was a rough day for Tot. He started back in his routine after 13 days off it. His preschool teacher said he cried quite a bit before nap time. He cried after pick up because he didn't have a snack in the car (my bad). He cried in Taekwondo because his buddy (who was being more cooperative) got a stripe, but he didn't. He was having a really hard time calming down.
He was sad. His teacher calmly talked to him, but it didn't help much. Then his teacher stopped the lesson and offered my external heart-drive a hug. Finally, Tot reluctantly performed his pattern through his sniffling, so the teacher gave him a stripe too for demonstrating perseverance. I am so grateful that his young, male teacher was compassionate. What a terrific example for Tot and a great reminder for me.